Thursday, October 20, 2016
If beginning doll makers voted what "scared" them the most, the overwhelming answer is the "face"! At our last meeting on 8 October, we went back to basics and drew and coloured some cloth doll faces - a great exercise for new and more experienced doll makers alike.
There is nothing like practice to improve one's face drawing techniques, but here is an introduction to a video by renowned doll maker Patti Culea. This video and Patti's books are highly recommended by Gumnut Dollies Newcastle.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Saturday, July 9, 2016
We will be celebrating one year since the amalgamation of Hello Dollies and Gumnutters on 12 August with a special dinner - ladies'night out! On the next day, at our usual August meeting, we will be unveiling the Colour Challenge dolls. The Colour Challenge is a doll making challenge where each of the participants bring a small piece of fabric in a set number of colours. Then all the fabrics are placed in individual colour bags. Each participant then blindly chooses two bags of fabrics and is challenged to make a doll using the fabrics in the bags chosen. Looking forward to seeing what these doll makers come up with...
Jane - yellow & black
Bobbi - blue & white
Jackie - purple & red
Wendy S - blue & green
Jo - orange & purple
Marg - red & green
Connie - black & white
Debbie - green & orange
Gamarna - red & blue
Lynda - white & orange
Dolores - green & yellow
Wendy A - purple & yellow
Wilma - blue & black
See you all in August...Watch this space for the challenge photos.
Monday, June 6, 2016
The star of the show and tell was Wendy's beautiful doll made at the Marlaine Verhelst workshop .... congratulations, Wendy A - such excellence!
Our next meeting will be 11 June when we will be preparing little giveaway dolls for our first stand at the Stitches and Craft Show in August, and making some gleatine printing plates in preparation for a workshop with visiting doll artist from Western Australia, Linda Misa.
Always happy to see some new faces , so come and join us!
Friday, May 6, 2016
Not a single April fool amongst the Gumnut Dollies group! At out last meeting, we had a theme of "Clowns, Fools and Jesters". Our fun creative activity was to make a little jester. Connie and I had a sewing morning and made the components of these little jesters from elinor peace bailey's pattern in "Pick Pockets Wearables". The first one I made was made with the arms, legs and bodt all from the same fabric, but we thought, why not, in true epb style, just make lots of arms and legs and bodies, and allow everyone to either "mix and match" or just "match".
If you are thinking "that looks like fun", and you would love to have a go, please come and join us at our monthly "get togethers" at the Newcastle Girl Guide Hall, Henry Park, Thomas Street, Hamilton South (Newcastle) 10am on the second Saturday of the month. Here's Jane with her first every little pin doll.
Please bring for "show and tell" something handmade , celebrating the domestic arts - for example, a tea cosy,a pot holder, an apron, am embroidered doily or tea tray cloth ....... ?
Friday, February 19, 2016
|Exquisite embroidered and beaded fairy and elf shoes by Jackie - watch for these in Vicki's cabinet in Morpeth in March.|
|A myriad of pot mitts by Dolores|
|Gamarna and her hand dyed fabric ready to create a garment for a "space" themed event.|
|Paper clay sculpture by Bobbi and a stitched book by Wilma|
|Statuesque sculptures by Bobbi|
|Beautiful embroidered dolls in progress by Wendy A.|
|Wendy showed us her lovely 'doll" pendant for the jewellery theme.|
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Friday, January 1, 2016
What a year it was ...
- We hosted a fantastic workshop with world renowned doll maker Marlaine Verhelst
- Hello Dollies joined with Gumnutters in August - Gumnut Dollies Newcastle was born.
- We held our most successful challenge ever, celebrating the 100th year of Raggedy Ann.
- We caught up with "old" friends
- We had the most amazing "show and tell' sessions all year - all so different, all so creative, all so admired!
-We ate scrumptious food
- We enjoyed wonderful Christmas cheer and swapped little dolly trees as gifts....
Happy New Year to all ....
Best wishes everyone - hope to see you at our "play day" on 9 January 2016,